I'm currently reading the updated-for-2009 Employment Law in a Nutshell. It contains a great measure of the growth of law:
The 1952 edition of United States Code (the official edition) included a Title 29 (Labor) that occupied 58 pages and ended with section 262; by 1970, its 149 pages concluded with section 678; the 1988 edition version of Title 29 was 578 pages in length. The 712 pages of the 2000 edition go through section 3058.P. 36. I thought it would be fun to chart the number of pages to help visualize the growth:
And in case you're wondering, per the Nutshell: "Case law growth has been similar." By comparison, $58 in 1952 would have the same buying power as about $377 in 2000 (per .gov inflation calculator).
Posted by Philip Miles, an employment lawyer with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania.